Honor eco-savvy students, teachers as Earth Heroes

January 11, 2011

Nominate eco-conscious students, teachers, staffers, volunteers and programs — or even entire schools — for the King County Earth Heroes at Schools awards program.

The award aims to honor people and entities for contributions to environmental protection and student environmental education. Honorees in past years included programs related to recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens. Read more

Issaquah Christmas fund beats goal

January 11, 2011

The Merry Christmas Issaquah fund drive closed Jan. 10 with donations of $66,042 — a 24 percent increase from last year’s donations.

Only a week earlier, donations were well below the targeted goal of $60,000, but an anonymous $10,000 donation and 21 other donations that arrived last week made this the most successful fund drive in the 30 year history of Issaquah Community Services. Read more

Press Editorial

January 11, 2011

State budget proposal is just a starting point

Gov. Chris Gregoire has presented a long list of possible cuts for Washington to balance a $37 billion two-year budget. Legislators convened this week to begin sorting the ideas and adding their own.

All of the governor’s ideas have merit, some more than others.

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Hardy plants prove difficult to kill

January 11, 2011

Vine maple

Some plants are like needy children, demanding water and sunlight before they throw a tantrum and shrivel up into a dry, crunchy mess.

Others are more like overworked college students; they thrive in low light and don’t need much water. Read more

Karate West kicks in $8,000 for Kenyan school

January 11, 2011

By Katya Palladina Kevin Jacobson, with his mother Rachel, shows off his medals for winning second place in sparring and third place in kata.

Randy and Jan Holeman only expected about 125 or so of their students to show up at their December fundraiser tournament at Karate West in Sammamish.

Ultimately, twice that many came to compete and exhibit their self-defense skills Dec. 18.

“It was amazing,” Randy Holeman, Karate West co-owner, said. “We were overwhelmed.” Read more

Use houseplants to brighten winter

January 11, 2011

At this time of year, the ground is either frozen solid or mucky up to your ankles, so you probably don’t feel like being Wonder Gardener. I know I don’t. Instead, thoughts turn to the plants inside my house.

Some of mine are old. The amaryllis is 50 years old, the ficus is 30 and many others are between 15 and 20 years. I need them almost as much as they need me. Living, growing leaves, limbs and buds reinforce my psyche and get me through the dormant period outside. Read more

Find free native plants in the Issaquah Highlands

January 11, 2011

Gardeners can salvage native plants from Issaquah Highlands parcels eyed for construction.

The city and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities plan to offer the free fauna Jan. 22 and 29, along Northeast Falls Drive in the hillside neighborhood. Read more

Organizations plan service projects for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 11, 2011

Issaquah residents can honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on a national day of service.

For the federal holiday to celebrate King, the United Way of King County has gathered a series of projects from local nonprofit organizations. Then, on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, teams of volunteers plan to participate in human services and environmental projects.

The opportunity to submit a community service project is open to any King County school, park, childcare center or nonprofit organization. Read more

Meet the mind behind ‘Megamind’

January 11, 2011

Animation Megamind (voiced by actor Will Ferrell) calls for backup in a scene from the DreamWorks Animation film ‘Megamind.’ Courtesy of DreamWorks

Tim Lamb said he realized he was destined to be a movie and videogame animator during his mentorship program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

The 2002 Skyline High School graduate had known much of his life he would make a living as an artist, like his parents, but it finally hit him in his early 20s.

“I always knew I was going to do art. That was never in question,” said Lamb, while home in Sammamish for the holidays. “It was a matter of where I was going to find a place to employ those skills.” Read more

City rolls over dog ban at Timberlake Park

January 11, 2011

By Greg Farrar New signs at Timberlake Park outline updated pet rules for the park in the South Cove neighborhood.

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park. Read more

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